How black cardiologists are combating a heart problem affecting millions

How black cardiologists are combating a heart problem affecting millionsBy American Heart Association News

Doctors and African-American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists.

“It is incumbent upon us as health care providers [to] do a better job educating our patients about heart valve disease,” said Dr. Aaron Horne Jr., an interventional cardiologist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Horne co-chaired the Structural Heart Disease Committee of the Association of Black Cardiologists that last year released recommendations on how to address the disparities in care for minorities with heart valve disease. The organization now intends to team up with local doctors, barbers, clergy and health advocates in black communities to promote awareness of heart valve disease and its treatments when it rolls out an educational campaign in June.

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